The next position in the top of the resort-introvert is Oludeniz with its exemplary mountain and sea landscapes. It can be noisy on the central Laguna Beach (they do sports here and relax with children), but on the nearby Kidrak Beach and remote Patara Beach with endless sand dunes, there is cherished peace and grace. Those wishing to enjoy the tranquility in Oludeniz should hurry up: typical hotel complexes are rapidly growing around. And don't plan your vacation for October: the Air Games Festival turns the city into the center of the local party.
If you want to diversify your idle reclining on the sand with an “excursion” (of course, without pushing your elbows with a dozen people who want to photograph those ruins), welcome to Olympos. The ancient city with a rich history today has acquired the status of a national park, therefore it is forbidden to actively develop tourism here. Instead of hotels, there are colorful boarding houses: bungalows and wooden houses, often built right on the trees. The beach is pebbly, clean, chosen by sea turtles, among the attractions are the Lycian tombs, the theater, the acropolis, the legendary gorge of Mount Yanartas.
Other resorts on the shores of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas
The most beautiful Turkish beaches are hidden away from well-known locations: Kaputas, 240 km from Antalya, is a picturesque bay surrounded by rocks, Akgyol in the reserve of the same name is a long spit bordering the lake. Iztuzu in the Dalyan region is famous for its turtle nests and fine white-golden sand, while Knidos, 80 km from Marmaris, has the clearest water and excellent diving opportunities.
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Beaches near Istanbul: Princes islands
You can also relax on the coast not far from Istanbul: just 1.5 hours by ferry – and the hubbub of the tireless metropolis is replaced by the idyll of the Princes' Islands. The central beaches of Buyukada and Heybeliad are almost always crowded, but it’s not at all necessary to go there: in the neighborhood there are paid areas with good infrastructure (the more expensive the entrance, the less people) and wild areas – without amenities, but with impeccably clear sea and amazing panorama.